Iodine Stain Removal Solutions

This is your step by step guide to iodine stain removal from clothes, fabrics, carpets and upholstery.

Iodine can come in handy when cleaning up a wound, but when it gets on your clothes or carpet it can be a real pain. Follow these stain removal tips to get rid of those iodine spots.

Below are solutions on how to remove iodine stains from clothes & fabrics and removing iodine stains from carpets & upholstery.

Description: A liquid containing iodine, a grayish-black, corrosive, poisonous element, dissolved in ethyl alcohol, used as an antiseptic for wounds. Iodine gets its name from the Greek word Iôdes, meaning “violet,” since it gives off a violet vapor when heated. Iodine itself is a poisonous gas, as are the related halogens chlorine, fluorine, and bromine. However, as with chlorine, the salts are negatively charged ions of iodine (iodides). It is this not-so-disruptive form of iodine that is used to clean cuts and wounds.

Iodine stain removalSummertime is the popular season for removing iodine stains. You are most likely to encounter scrapes, cuts, and scratches during this active time of year, when working or playing outdoors. Of course, the less graceful among us can encounter such scrapes and cuts regardless of the season, and there are few who can escape a paper cut during the dry winter months. The need to remove iodine stains transcends season in these instances – it is a stain-maker for all seasons.

Iodine stains aren’t just found on the lab coats on chemists. Stains can sneak out from underneath bandages on any part of the body, but most likely on knees, elbows, and other scrape-prone areas, to stain shorts and T-shirts. Bedsheets are at particular risk for iodine stains because, in the quest to let a wound breathe, you may not bandage a wound that has been covered in iodine, leading to the morning surprise of stained bed linens.

Iodine Stain Removal from Clothes & Fabrics

Solution 1:

1. For washables, apply a liquid laundry detergent containing enzymes (or a paste made from a granular detergent and water) directly on the stain.

2. Lay the garment on a hard surface and pat the stain lightly with the back of a spoon to force the solution into the fibers. Avoid rubbing the material together which abrades the fibers.

3. Wash as directed with the hottest water safe for the fabric.

4. If that does not work, rinse and follow the same patting procedure but with a solution of 2 tablespoons ammonia per 1 cup water.

5. If that fails to remove the stain, rinse and try a vinegar solution – 1 cup white vinegar per 2 cups water.

6. For fabrics that cannot be washed, either have them professionally dry-cleaned or blot them with a white towel and a spot remover.

7. Blot from the inside of the garment to push the stain out. When using these products, wear protective rubber or latex gloves and use them in a well-ventilated area.

Solution 2:

1. Rinse from back side of stain under cool, running water.

2. Soak in solution of color remover, or sponge with a solution of sodium thiosulfate crystals (available at a drug store).

3. Rinse and launder.

Iodine Stain Removal from Carpets & Upholstery

Solution 1:

1. First, try a spot remover. Never pour the spot remover directly on the stain. Instead, put it on a clean white towel and blot the stain repeatedly.

2. If that doesn’t work, blot with a solution of ¼ teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent and 1 cup lukewarm water.

3. Rinse by blotting with a clean white towel moistened with water, then dry with a fresh towel.

Solution 2:

1. Sponge with mild detergent (1 teaspoon neutral detergent – that is, no alkalis or bleaches – in 1 cup lukewarm water).

2. Sponge with vinegar solution (1/3 cup white vinegar in 2/3 cup water).

3. Sponge with ammonia solution (1 tablespoon household ammonia in ½ cup water).

4. Repeat step 1 and, finally, sponge with cool water.

Have you reached iodine stain removal success? I hope so!

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